Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Georges Bizet, Jules Massenet, Ambroise Thomas|
Grand Opera for Orchestra
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Grand Opera Collection
Michael B. Richman | Portland, Maine USA | 12/19/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This EMI Seraphim collection of the Orchestral Works from "Grand" Operas is quite good, if not essential. While I'm not an opera fan per say, I do very much enjoy the orchestral excerpts from most operas. This set in particular shines for three reasons in my opinion. First and foremost, boasting excellent performances at a budget-price, this is a great disc for the casual fan. Second, for the more astute listener it features brilliant recordings by Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos, Antonio de Almeida and Alain Lombard, three highly underrated conductors. Lastly, while half of the operatic works featured here are quite popular ("Carmen," "Samson et Dalila," and "Faust"), others are lesser known (those by Massenet, Gounod, Delibes and Thomas) yet equally enjoyable. In all, this is another Seraphim title that will appeal to the novice and serious collector alike."